U.S. History

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Library Catalog 
Government Sites and Resources 
Open CourseWare  
TEL Tutor
   (Training on the Tennessee Electronic Library)  

Web Resources 
Other Libraries
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Library Catalog. Catalog Help 
  • Tennessee Electronic Library via GALE (TEL). Preferred access. A PASSWORD IS REQUIRED: Ask your instructor or the librarian. TEL Tutor (Help).  Provides more than 60 databases. Each database contains materials from hundreds or thousands of publications. For guidance on which databases will be of the most use to you, please see the Course Resources Page for your program or course. USAGE HINT. On the first page, toggle off the pre-selected databases and choose the one(s) that interest you.

  • TEL Alternative Access. THIS PATH VALIDATES YOUR LOCATION. Adds the following resources: WorldBook Encyclopedia; from ProQuest, HeritageQuest andThe Tennesseean; and several databases containing Tennessee primary sources, archives, and ancestry. It also provides a direct link intoThe Knoxville News Sentinel. USAGE HINT. Skip the search box on the first page. Instead, choose one of the links: Subject, All TEL Databases, or Advanced Search.

    •     Multi-Subject Databases Recommended
      • Academic OneFile
      • Expanded Academic ASAP
      • General OneFile 
    •     Subject-Dedicated Databases Recommended
      • Diversity Studies Collection
      • Pop Culture Collection
    •    Reference Databases Recommended
      • Most multi-subject databases also include reference materials.
      • Gale Virtual Reference Library
      • General Reference Center Gold
    •    News Databases Recommended
         (For a fuller discussion of how to find newspapers etc.,
          see News Access.)
      • InfoTrac Newsstand
      • National Newspaper Index
  • Google Scholar  

    Simple SearchPrecision Search
    Caveat: Not all scholarly articles indexed in Google Scholar are free, but some are.

  • JSTOR (jay-store) has made available, free of charge, all materials published before 1923. Please see a few important  JSTOR search tips.

Government Sites and Resources

Open CourseWare (OCW) 

Open CourseWare Consortium Home Page. OCW Consortium offers a single-site access window into courseware uploaded from very many institutions of higher education, including some very high-quality ones, such asJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Univeristy of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, and University of California-Irvine and -Berkeley.

OCW COURSES. The site can be searched by any word or phrase; and additional paths of discovery are available. Try these search terms: U.S. history, American history, U.S. government.

Web Resources

  • History.com. Topics.  Caveat: commercial television publications.
  • Internet Movie Database IMDb.
  • History resources via the Internet Public Library 2 (IPL2)
  • “U.S. Constitution.” A video-illustrated presentation of how the Constitution established and maintains the U.S. Government. Features Chief Justice John Roberts live and other prominent speakers on recordings. 9/5/2006. C-SPAN video. 18 minutes. 
  • U.S. History.org

Suggestions for the content of this page are welcome.

Updated: 01/16/2014

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